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Pre-School Admissions

Pre-School Admissions

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The Pre-School Admissions Procedure is in two stages.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the pre-school admissions procedure which deals only with target age children concluded on Thursday 26 April 2018 with the issue of letters to notify parents of the outcome of their application. If you received a letter read the Information Leaflet - What do you need to do now?

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the pre-school admissions procedure runs from Friday 27 April 2018 and concludes on Friday 8 June 2018 with the issue of letters to notify parents of the outcome of their application.Read the Guide for Parents below.

Places Available

Places Available - This document includes pre-school funded places available for September at the close of Stage 1.

This parents' guide provides information on how the admissions procedure operates and how pre-schools select children.
If you have not previously applied and wish to be considered by one of th pre-school providers with places available, you should read the provider's admission criteria, download and complete an application form and return to the first preference provider to arrive no later than 4pm on Friday 25 May 2018.

School Search Criteria

Search for School Criteria

Use the search options to find pre-schools and their criteria information.  The Keywords search will search for school name or location.  Enter a postcode if you wish to do a mileage range search.

Search Results

  • click on a School name to view full schools details
  • click the School Criteria Document to view school admissions criteria  
  • click back button to return to search results

NOTE: if searching for the term 'Mary' type a space in front of it to avoid the total return of primary.


School NameEducation PhaseArea
Paddington PlaygroupPre-school EducationSouthern
Panda Cross Community PlaygroupPre-school EducationSouthern
Park Community PlaygroupPre-school EducationWestern
Parkgate Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Parkhall Integrated CollegePost Primary SchoolNorth Eastern
Parkhall Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Peatlands PlaygroupPre-school EducationSouthern
Peter Pan PlaygroupPre-school EducationWestern
Peters Patch Day Nursery HillsboroughPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Phoenix Integrated Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouthern
Phoenix Integrated PS Nursery UnitPre-school EducationSouthern
Play a Way Childcare Centre NewtownardsPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Play and Learn PlaygroupPre-school EducationBelfast
Play Links Playgroup StrangfordPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Playaway Pre-school LarnePre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Playhouse Activity CentrePre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Playtime Day Nursery & PlaygroupPre-school EducationWestern
Pomeroy Pre-School PlaygroupPre-school EducationSouthern
Pond Park Nursery School LisburnPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Pond Park Primary School LisburnPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
Portadown CollegePost Primary SchoolSouthern
Portadown Integrated Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouthern
Portadown Integrated PS Nursery UnitPre-school EducationSouthern
Portaferry Integrated Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
Portavogie Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern

Where can I get further help?

If you require further help, please contact the appropriate EA admissions office.


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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